William Jordan- Georgia- 1984 Jan 13, 2015 9:19:55 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 13, 2015 9:19:55 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Unsolved.com)
Fugitive Profile as of January 13, 2015 (based on FBI.gov profile, "The Hunt with John Walsh" tv show):
Full Name: William Junior Jordan
Aliases: Buddy Jordan, Bill Jordan, William Jordan, William B. Jordan, William Bell Jordan, William Bill Jordan
Date(s) of Birth Used: September 18, 1942
Place of Birth: Wadesboro, North Carolina
Weight: 135 pounds
Occupations: Heavy Equipment Operator, Brick Mason
Scars and Marks: Jordan has the following tattoos: a skeleton on his right forearm, a spider on his right upper arm, a cross with the word "Sybil" on his left forearm, and the word "Louise" on his left leg. He also has numerous scars and some discolorations on his forehead.
Remarks: Jordan has a visual defect which is corrected with glasses.
Who to call if you've seen him: "The Hunt" tip line at 1-866-THE-HUNT or submit a web tip to the show at cnn.com/thehunt
William Junior Jordan's case was first aired on the September 20th, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries. I am unsure of if his case also made America's Most Wanted. The following is the (very slightly edited) Unsolved wiki description of his case:
On March 6, 1974, in Suwanee, Georgia, teacher, husband, and father James Rouse Jr. was forced into his car and abducted at gunpoint by two fugitives, William Jordan, 31, and Anthony Prevatte, 24, who were wanted in a series of North Carolina buglaries.
At the edge of a remote forest, the two men forced James out of his car and had him go barefoot into the woods. Once they reached the lake shore, they shot James at point blank range with a sawed-off shotgun, and he was killed instantly. The next day, over two hundred miles away in Wadesboro, North Carolina, police got an anonymous tip the Jordan and Prevatte were hiding at the home of a friend. When they arrived, authorities noticed an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway, and as they approached the house to make an arrest, the two men sped away in the car, which they had hidden in.
A chase soon ensued between the men and the two officers, and during this Jordan threw out a sawed-off shotgun and opened fired on the officers. In a last ditch and unsuccessful attempt to escape, the fugitives rolled the car over in a ditch and wrecked it, but they were soon arrested. They were booked on charges of breaking and entering, larceny, and assaulting officers with a firearm; when James's body was found two days later, authorities were certain they were the killers.
First, the stolen car that the two crashed in North Carolina was James's, a shotgun shell at the murder scene matched one of their guns, and finally authorities found trophies of the crimes: pictures of the two men leaning on James's car holding the shotgun that killed him. The two men were tried and convicted of the murder, and both were sentenced to death. However, their sentences would later be commuted to life in prison. In 1991, Anthony Prevatte was paroled, but he later killed his girlfriend and was again given the death sentence; he remains on death row to this day.
After ten years of good behavior, William Jordon was sent to a minimum security work farm in Odum, Georgia, and was allowed to drive a pick-up truck to be re-fueled. On August 6, 1984, Jordon drove off with the truck, refueled it, but never came back. A month later, the man who escaped with Jordan was arrested, but Jordan remains at large. Over a decade later in 1992, Jordan was spotted in Virginia, and may still be there or may be in West Virginia, where he has relatives. He is 6'2, 150 pounds, with brown-graying hair and blue eyes. and he would now be 72 years old.
Thoughts? First of all even for the early 80's, to put a guy considered so dangerous and committed a crime so callous he was sentenced to death (albeit later commuted to life) in a MINIMUM security work farm is absolute stupidity and lunacy. Give him a pick-up truck and you're basically daring him to escape. My goodness, I'm amazed they didn't give him thousands of dollars of emergency money insurance on top of everything else.
Jordan may be 72 years old and his last possible sighting was in 1992, but that doesn't mean he's not still out there somewhere. So despite Jordan escaping 30 years ago, we still need to catch him so James Rouse Jr. can once again rest peacefully.
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